Dyke praises Prince FIFA bid

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FA CHAIR­MAN Greg Dyke has wel­comed the de­ci­sion by Prince Ali Bin Al Hus­sein of Jor­dan to chal­lenge Sepp Blat­ter for the FIFA pres­i­dency in May. Prince Ali (left), the FIFA vice-pres­i­dent and head of the Jor­da­nian FA, is the first cred­i­ble chal­lenger to emerge and his de­ci­sion has also been wel­comed by UEFA pres­i­dent Michel Pla­tini. Dyke, who has pre­vi­ously called for Blat­ter not to run again, said: “It is very im­por­tant that there is a cred­i­ble can­di­date stand­ing against Mr Blat­ter and Prince Ali is cer­tainly that.”

Pla­tini said: “Prince Ali has all the cred­i­bil­ity re­quired to hold high of­fice. We now await his pro­pos­als and his pro­gramme for the fu­ture of foot­ball.”

The FA board will make the de­ci­sion about who to sup­port once nom­i­na­tions close on Jan­uary 31, but Prince Ali al­ready has close ties with the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The 39-year-old – who was ed­u­cated at Sand­hurst and is son of the late King Hus­sein of Jor­dan – has po­si­tioned him­self as a lead­ing re­former of FIFA and was among those call­ing for the Gar­cia re­port into World Cup bid­ding to be pub­lished in full.

He said in a state­ment: “I be­lieve it is time to shift the fo­cus away from ad­min­is­tra­tive con­tro­versy and back to sport.”

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